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Updated on January 4, 2010


We just got back from Door County last week and I learned an interesting fact about a town called Karlsville. I took an interest because my tennis partner, fence post hole digger, window trim fixer and just overall general handyman is named Karl. Karl is pretty abusive. He is like that big brother I never had. So the Karlsville story, which was being told by a tour guide on a tour we were not in but just eavesdropping on, perked my interest. Apparently, "Karlsville" is so called because of the unusually high number of "Karls" they had in the area at the time. Since they had so many Karls there already they decided to call it "Karlsville". The point I found interesting was that the unusually high number of Karls was four. That statistical anomaly of four Karls in an already unincorporated region was enough to get a town named.

Door County is home to more unincorporated towns than any other county I'd bet...  Petertown, Johnston, Markleton.  Hey we have three Steve's here!  Steven's Point.  Not in Door County.  Scratch that.


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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Funny! We lived not far from Stevens Point many years ago. Wisconsin Rapids. Spent 4 years up there.